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Italian sayings about nature

If you are starting to learn Italian and are particularly interested in learning about the world of nature and the environment, here you will find the vocabulary related to this subject. At the end of the post, we dive a bit deeper with some phrases.

The topics of climate change and renewable energies come up often. Some people are in favor, and some are against it. Would you like to participate in these conversations and offer contributions? This post is for you.

Italian words about nature and the environment

There is gender attached to many Italian words. When that is the case, we write an “m” for masculine and “f” for feminine.

aria (m) – air

inquinanti – pollutants

acque reflue – wastewater

garbage – rifiuti

albero (m) – tree

arbusto (m) – shrub

sabbia (f) – sand

foresta (m) – forest

campo (m), campagna (f) – field, countryside

cielo (m) – sky

il riscaldamento globale – global warming

cambiamenti climatici – climate change

ozonosfera – ozone layer

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conservazione – conservation

preservare – preserve

contaminazione – contamination

inquinamento acustico – noise pollution

inquinante – contaminant

contaminare – contaminate

collina (f) – hill

costa (f) – coast

spazio (m) – cosmos

deserto (m) – desert

deforestazione – deforestation

anidride carbonica – carbon dioxide

ecologico – ecological

ecologo – ecologist

ecosistema – ecosystem

serra – greenhouse Effect

smaltimento dei rifiuti – waste disposal

l’energia solare – solar energy

veleno – poison

erosione del suolo – soil erosion

specie in pericolo – endangered species

radioattività – radioactivity

estinzione – extinction

morire – extinguish

stagno (m) – pond

stella (f) – star

fauna (f) – wildlife

flora (f) – flora

fuoco (m) – fire

ghiaccio (m) – ice

erba (m) grass

deforestazione – deforestation

acid rain – pioggia acida

ambiente – environment

inquinamento – pollution

rifiuti processing – waste processing

riciclabile – recyclable

rifiuti tossici – toxic waste

scorie radioattive – radioactive waste

veleni – poisons

tossico – toxic

isola (f) – island

Italian sayings about nature and the environment

L’erba del vicino è sempre più verde. – The grass is always greener on the other side.

La mela non cade mai troppo lontano dall’albero. – The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

L’albero si raddrizza quando è piccolo. – Bend the tree while it is young.

Chi vuole cogliere il frutto deve salire sull’albero. – He that would have the fruit, must climb the tree.

L’albero che nasce storto non raddrizzerà mai il suo tronco. – Crooked by nature is never made straight by education.

Quando cade un albero tutti si affrettano a raccoglierne i rami per fare legna. – When a tree falls, everyone rushes to gather its branches for wood.

Al primo colpo non cade l’albero. – The tree is not felled at one blow.

Wrapping up!

Learning vocabulary takes time. But I hope this post has got your foot in the door concerning Italian sayings about nature. Do you want to keep learning? There is no better way to listen to new vocabulary than with podcasts. Click here to check this podcast-style Italian course! 

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  1. Ciao! 

    I love these Italian sayings about nature – they’re so beautiful and poetic! It’s astonishing how Italian culture is so connected to nature, and it shows in these phrases. I especially love “chi semina vento raccoglie tempesta” (who sows the wind, reaps the storm) – it’s a powerful reminder to be mindful of our actions and their consequences. Thanks for sharing these lovely sayings – I will use them in everyday conversations!

    1. I am glad this post encourages you to use these phrases. Italian has a lot of flavor in its sayings. So, discovering them is an exciting part of the language learning process.

  2. Nature has its language. And we can incorporate it into our by drawing lessons from it. Thanks for these Italian sayings! I enjoyed them all!

  3. What a great way to learn a foreign language. I always thought that watching a series is the most effective way to learn a language. And reading books is also good. However, the latter is a slower way.

    Once we grasp the basics, being able to participate in a discussion in a foreign language is the most accelerated form of learning!

    I am passionate about nature! So, participating in discussions on this topic will always be profitable.

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